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Is Spicy Food Good For You?

by Toni Olukiran

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Whether you like your food more aromatic than spicy, spicy food can draw a lot of mixed reactions from people. But are there benefits to spicy food? Read on for the full breakdown.

Spice can mean many different things all at once — aromatic flavours like cinnamon, turmeric, cumin are spices, but so is cayenne, black pepper and red chilli flakes. And while spices like the former have their own health benefits, are there health merits to eating foods that are chocked full of the latter kind? Here are five health benefits of eating spicy food.

Spicy foods can help fight cancerous cells.

Chilli peppers contain a compound called capsaicin, which has been shown to destroy and weaken cancerous cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. Your favourite curries may also be helping your health in ways you probably didn’t think before.

Eating spicy food can lower mortality rates.

A 2015 study was conducted, enrolling people from ten geographically diverse areas in China and monitoring their intake of spicy foods. The study found that eating spicy food several times a week ‘produced a 14% relative risk reduction in total mortality. 

Spicy food helps your metabolism.

Spices like chillies and peppers as well as ginger and garlic can help slow down the metabolism and curb your appetite. 

Help prevent free radical damage.

Spices are great sources of antioxidants that are necessary to help the body fight free radicals which attack cells. Free radicals can include anything from UV damage to pollution.

Can help ease symptoms of chronic pain. 

Spice has historically been used in medicine to help fight against illnesses such as arthritis and headaches. 


By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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